I recently took part in a really great focus group to help Ataxia UK with their work. The charity does excellent work in supporting people living with Ataxia throughout the UK. Ataxia is rare medical condition that affects muscle co-ordination and balance, among other things. It’s also a medical condition that I have. It’s been a tough year for people heavily reliant on medical services. With cancelled appointments and difficulties getting help it’s easy for a disabled person to feel marginalised.
Earlier today I read a news story that revealed that people in Northern Ireland were unable to get the funds they need to survive. It seems this is example of problem people with medical conditions could do without, allowing people to feel that even if they speak up. Charities like Ataxia UK would have less work if governments took greater care of their margins.
Like saving your work or getting a haircut, updating your website is just one of those things that you should do every-so-often. You figure invigorated to make a change, like a fresh coat of paint will solve all your bull solve all your problems. But do you ever feel that that brand new attitude is just an update of an old attitude you’d forgotten about for a while?
Recently I heard someone say that history doesn’t run in circles, a view I can’t understand at all. Time doesn’t run in circles, but history is filled with motivations that arose more than once. How many armies have lost because they were over-confident? How many times has a population been divided to control?
But people still change, thinking the mistakes can’t be made even one more time.
I’ve added my 7th published piece to the stories section of this site. It’s called Tony’s Place and is a thrilling tale gone bad. Thanks to Adelaide Literary Magazine for their continued support of my work, and thanks to Irish Writers Centre for their bursary award.
Sounds, like all sensations, blend into the background if we hear them too often. The sensations that inspire us most will be those that we rarely experience, but that is not to say that experiences familiar to us will not present a unique experience to another. Think of the scenes that you know well, revisit these scenes to discover new sensations.
I’ve had this site for a while now, much longer than I realised, but I recently decided it would be nice to have a site where people can have a look at my work and that I at least should visit it regularly. I think the stories are pretty good, but if you don’t agree that’s fine. If you want to check them out it’s free!